Nation Brothers Lincoln county blues. G or A? works either way on fiddle, I like A a little better. Maybe a guitar player can figure it out from the (wonderful) backup.
I'm not sure I understand your question Jacques. The recording is in A, but I'm not sure exactly how that was achieved. My two cents: I think the fiddle is playing in A, because of the sound of the A notes - sounds like an open string to me. I think the guitar is playing in G with a capo, because of the chord choices and runs, and because I don't hear any low notes.
I'd be curious to know what others might think.
Thinking about it further, if the fiddle is not playing in A, what could it be doing? Playing in G tuned a whole step up? I doubt it.
It's in A but I think the guitar is capoed pretty high to get those runs in. That is one unusual tune.
Thanks Doug and Bob. With these old recordings you never know just from the pitch. But A is the winner ,if only because it's an unusual key for a Mississippi fiddle blues. I just love the Nation brothers ,have slaved long and hard on Bankhead blues. Pity there's so few sides.
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